This 2008 Maybach 57S was a $380K, 3-Ton, V12 Bit of Mercedes-Benz Insanity Made for the Very Rich

This 2008 Maybach 57S was a $380K, 3-Ton, V12 Bit of Mercedes-Benz Insanity Made for the Very Rich

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good morning this is bill from curious cars on a ah you know it's it's not quite chilly it's not quite room temperature i don't know what you'd call it uh it's a tuesday afternoon i lied about it being morning but old habits die hard and uh today i've got kind of an interesting car uh apologies for not being around last week had a bit of a family issue and in fact it leads me into something my dad passed away at the very youthful
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age of 97. now you know obviously it's a bit of a shock to lose a parent it's not something you want to do but when a guy is 97 and you know has been ailing for quite a few years it's not really a shock so in terms of you know it happening obviously once it happens you start to think about it but you know i'm not going to dedicate this video to him i'm not one of those guys you know sometimes you see like those let me just put it to you this way if i die even suddenly
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uh instead of you know at a normal end of a long life say another 10 or 15 years from now uh i don't want to be memorialized on the back window of a 14 year old kia elantra or is it a hyundai elantra it really doesn't matter they're interchangeable you know i see those things driving around they're missing a hubcap somebody's weaving in and out of traffic as they tend to do in korean cars and the whole back window blocking the view is a dedication to some poor soul who passed away
01:38
uh probably before their time please god i i don't want anyone in my family doing that for me and i offer my dad the same respect and not dedicate this particular video to him although i think he would have quite liked this car being a bit of a regal german type he wasn't actually german he just acted german he was polish but um but anyway he was a great gentleman a tremendous guy he you know fought in world war ii he was really an old bastard he had me quite late with uh with mom of course
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she passed away a few years ago fought his way across europe you know made it to england was in the british army as a you know polish division ended up coming to the united states in chicago married my mother and you know unfortunately had some terrible children myself included so a fine old guy i'm gonna miss him good fella i wish him well on his journey and loved him very much so that's all as forrest gump would say that i'm going to say about that
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but i am back it's nice to be here i don't mean to bring down the mood at all believe me it's not that kind of thing and i have this 2008 maybach 57s now to say this car is special is a bit of an understatement in 2008 the total maybach production was what 119 cars if i remember correctly and that was all of their different models so in that year they made 119 of these things and it's not particularly surprising
03:12
because this car for example stickered out at about 380 thousand dollars [Music] i just may have to support the camera again to ponder that number uh three hundred and eighty thousand dollars so uh you know to say that mercedes had a little bit of a tough sale on that one i mean i don't think uh it worked the way that they thought it would uh they did maybach as a uh it was a show car a concept car at
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the 1997 tokyo uh car show and then it emerged a few years later not coincidentally bmw and volkswagen had bought uh respectively uh bentley or sorry bmw bought rolls-royce volkswagen bought bentley and mercedes i think uh had decided that they also wanted to be part of the uber luxury brand uh when those two brands were for sale mercedes passed they didn't even try to get them they figured they had enough with what
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they had they also figured they owned the maybach name the problem with that is while maybach certainly was famous for building incredibly opulent cars in the oh i guess about 1919 to 1940 they were virtually unknown in the united states so they didn't have the same cachet that a rolls-royce or bentley did for people in america and that was a miscalculation on mercedes part maybach itself a fascinating company founded in 1909
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uh by a guy named wilhelm maybach and his son they formed it basically to build zeppelin engines uh you know that was their thing they're gonna build engines for zeppelins and obviously it worked quite well i don't know if they built the one in the hindenburg but they probably did but by that time they were building cars so they did that for a few years in 1919 they started fooling around with making cars and for the next 20 years they created some of the most elegant and high-end vehicles you know that are
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cherished and treasured by people in the collector market more so in europe than the united states but they built pretty incredible cars uh in 1940 of course the war came along and uh that uh that was that they started building engines for panzer tanks in fact i think maybach built most of the engines for uh the uh nazi war machine in terms of their tanks half tracks that sort of thing uh after the war they did some car repair i don't know if they're putting valve cover gaskets on stuff whatever
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the hell they were up to and they ended up being bought by mercedes in 1960 uh and mercedes really didn't do much with them at the time they you know did make some higher-end stuff that uh came around uh i don't know like the 116 chassis that sort of thing they beefed up the cars made them more opulent you know made them sort of a higher quality and sold them that way and the name otherwise really didn't amount to much
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and then in 1997 out came the maybach as a concept car and uh in 2002 in europe 2003 in the united states uh they released it to the public and the rest is history and this car actually was an answer to one of the initial problems with the maybach line and that is that mercedes built them to be basically chauffeured there was the 57 and the 62 and they were made and designed to be
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uh you know pampering the rear passenger in fact they even when they had the automotive press over uh they didn't want the press to drive the cars they wanted them to ride around in the back seat because that was the point of the car well you know again even people at this level sometimes like to drive their own car i mean you can't all be barbara streisand you know some people like to hop in in the morning get where they're going even if they can afford you know 380 grand for a car so pretty pretty incredible stuff the 57 then replied to that
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uh and was the driver's version of the maybach it's like we talked about with that old bentley uh a while back there was a sports version that you know the rich english lord would hop in himself and drive to the mansion in the countryside to fool around with the chamber maids and you know lady chatters and his lover that sort of crap and this was the same thing so it sat half an inch lower the ass stood for special they beefed up the motor which was already pretty beefy but under the hood of this thing you have six meters
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twin turbos uh 604 horsepower 738 foot pounds of torque which frankly is enough torque to pull down tree stumps or even houses it's absolutely incredible and uh you know stiffened up the suspension sported up the interior and made it so you know somebody would enjoy driving it let's just get into this thing start and say there's the maybach badge i mean you'd see these things driving around people didn't have a clue what they were you really wouldn't have had a clue and
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frankly it's quite a complicated badge i mean it looks like two m's engaged in a really foul sexual act see if we can get in so obviously the trunk lifts itself at this level you really frankly don't need to be opening your own trunk uh this was based this car believe it or not was built on the w140 platform not the current generation s-class when it came out they obviously lengthened that this car is almost 19 feet 18.8 i believe and rides around on a very modified
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version of the w140 chassis which we've done many times but uh you know here's the thing about this car every single part of it is hand polished you know quaffed and loved on smooched on you see it's got this beautiful big chrome strip with the although that's the same you know a lot of the instrumentation is right out of the s uh you've got this umbrella thing here i presume that's what it's for i don't see the umbrella but that's probably where it would go now would be a fine place to put a you
09:24
know 300 savage lever action deer rifle or something that's probably what i'd stick there a little bit too long for a tommy gun so now this is fascinating the guy who owns this car is a kb auto collection a very nice gentleman named clemens you can see some of his other stuff here for sale uh there's a fister i don't know we're going to do with that thing but there it is but anyway very elegant guy so what does this elegant regal german man need with a giant box
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of irish spring deep scrub action body wash gel douche i find this to be a little bit disturbing and i'm going to inquire uh with clemens what the hell he's up to with that stuff but anyway there it is maybe he's handing him out his christmas presents to people you think could smell better uh the trunk isn't enormous not really but it's enough and uh surely enough to get where you're going so i don't like seeing my reflection in that thing let's have a look under the hood
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one of the other problems with this maybach was it was uh very hard to distinguish from the mercedes for some people it just didn't seem quite opulent enough for 380 000 let's get that up i mean even though you had stuff where the fenders carried over you know the hood slanted in like that i mean you know they put the time and effort into it uh but because of the branding they just didn't get it to distinguish itself
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enough from the uh from the uh from their normal brand the mercedes cars the way that bmw was able to do with rolls-royce but anyway there it is so six meters high-pressure twin turbos you see it's got the signed thing who built that one uh i don't think betty rodriguez she works over at amg um i think this is uh let's see what we got here it's hard to read julie smith put this one together so uh anyway hopefully she did a nice job and it works well and does what it needs
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to do and again 738 friggin foot pounds yeah i mean that's just an incredible thing i mean it makes this three ton car uh actually drive in a very peppy fashion uh you can see even the hood ornament you know has a little maybach inscription on it the grill is very special the lights are special they have little maybach things on there uh you know it's just a pretty neat piece it really is you see those giant disc brakes with twin calipers uh you know again to stop three tons of
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car that's hurtling towards wherever the hell it's going so you really need that the ass again rides a little bit lower a little bit sportier at the time this has pirellis on it but they had some sort of special michelin that was made for this car uh really hug the road properly and it is quite gorgeous it is quite elegant and again people don't entirely know what it is i mean they may just see this big black thing and think you know yeah there it is another s-class but you know better you know better you know if you bought
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this thing now that uh you know you've allowed yourself to have 300 000 worth of depreciation before you got in it and that's pretty cool i've got the key in my pocket and actually that's another study and why this didn't work so well look at that that's a bensky put a little bit of chrome on it sure but that's a bensky there you can see the amount of effort and love that was put into this thing in terms of the door panels everywhere you look is just hand rubbed polished steinway
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black stuff or smooth wood or you know everything is just beautifully done in the car and frankly it friggin better be again for your almost 400 grand that you dropped but let's hop in so it stops beeping at us [Music] fire it up [Music] there we go don't fear the reaper i'll try not to okay so there we got a very traditional looking mercedes instrument cluster that's been dolled up for the maybach uh you see somebody had installed this
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caliber this um k-40 radar detector i found it in here you know what is a guy who could buy this car need with a k-40 radar detector if he's pulled over he should just buy the friggin town the cop came from you know and have him fired it just doesn't make any sense to me but anyway you see the beautiful hand-stitched leather and the steering wheel everything very elegant these buttons even if they're meant to look like the mercedes buttons they're not they're you know the same steinway black hand rubbed gorgeous what have you uh the way the
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wood elegantly meets that you've got basically the mercedes-benz command unit there but somehow it's just different uh you know it's like what did homer say in the simpsons once about those uh cocktail sauce it looks like ketchup it tastes like ketchup but man it ain't ketchup well you know you could almost say the same thing with the instrumentation on this card uh whenever you press things they elegantly happen that is now a mercedes-benz bluetooth unit but i bet back in the day that was a phone that popped up so the chauffeur
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could dial or i guess you'd be driving this thing yourself there's a nice set of books in there i guess we press that to get it back down uh you know again part of the reason i guess that this thing was so expensive is that they engineered that to be cool and not break so god bless them uh and then look at the lines i mean everything is just this incredible leather everywhere uh alcantara headliner big sunroof yeah it's just all very cool uh up front you have heated and cold seats uh you've got all your standard mirror stuff you've got an
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incredible spot now if you're the chauffeur you're going to need to maybe protect the guy in the back so there is a lovely spot to put a very large handgun or two with a bunch of extra clips so you'll be ready to go very very nice you also have an additional storage spot here with a dog leash so i don't know what kind of a dog you own if you have a maybach but it's probably going to be elegant i would think which leads me to get into what's well i'll get into that in a minute but anyways all very nice stuff and uh they are
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pulse seats i believe so they're heated cooled and they'll give your chauffeur a massage and all these buttons for love comfort sport or standard esp off you've got your airmatic control for the suspension and other aromatic control for the suspension distronic cruise control this will set the distance for your distronic i have no friggin idea maybe it turns off the parking sensors or something uh this will run back the headrests and now that turns off the parking sensors
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what does this one do honestly i don't have a freaking clue and it may not matter let's hop in the back that's where it's much more fascinating it's going to be dark in here okay so here is what technically the maybach was supposed to be all about opulent comfort for rear passengers even though this is the one you drive yourself this is the essential point of the maybach again the incredible door panel treatments you can tell it's very
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elegant i don't know where they found the 380 grand but they found it obviously an abundance of these rather lewd emblems you also have more gun storage in here very nice stuff and uh you don't have it now you got one up here as well i don't know what you put in here maybe a pen where you sign uh business deals or maybe a little baggie of narcotics uh all very nice top then see what we got and we've got a screen more maybach logos where are
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these things on i mean how do you turn that off well maybe just leave it on for the moment uh what do we have we have curtains where the hell did i see that earlier there's a uh there's a control for those things is it here yeah all right it's got power curtains so we're up now here that's how we get them back so if you need privacy you can just run those things forward and uh get them on the other side too now we're running them back nice and
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then the rear curtain slide in so now you can let in the outside world uh you know probably you've already pulled over you've let out the prostitute and she's on her way uh what do we have here pretty standard looking ashtray uh then we've got sos buttons we've got map there's the map light thank god now that's off lock and unlock another map light a dimmer your rear seat air conditioning which works quite well a little control thing and there's a really nice place for a bag of drugs
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right in there i don't even know if the state trooper will find that then you've got more stuff here that i don't know what it does what that was that oh yeah 12-volt outlet down there this thing we've got a maybach phone still with the car you've got your maybach remote control if i close this and open this up look at this so not only do we have these lovely little grippy handles for whatever we did talk about having the uh lady of the evening in here but now you've got a cooler so you can
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uh celebrate uh with a bottom of champagne or an ice cold pabst blue ribbon so there you go built-in cooler in the back nice little arm rest then we've got more compartments lovely little place for a handgun there right at the top or whatever it is you want i guess there's looks like bottle storage maybe that's where you put the flutes uh for the champagne the little crystal glasses more maybach logos that's your dvd underneath it down here there's your dvd drive or cd
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whatever the case may be and then another fantastic storage compartment so lots of going on back here you also have a makeup mirror if you need to powder your nose very nice stuff love the lens and the light treatment and then here are these fascinating little gauge setups so this is an actual speedometer so you can tell if the driver is following your commands or not uh i don't know why the uh what the hell was that why did the temperature jam like that that was weird anyway you got your
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fahrenheit temperature there and you've got a clock so all that crap right up there on top uh very very neat stuff and of course a beautiful alcantara headliner the rear seat is also power now i'm reclining lovely head rest backrest it's heated it's cooled heated and cooled at the same time in case you can't make up your mind oh god wouldn't it be nice uh this is a great little dvd screen if you want to put on behind the green door or whatever it is you
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watch you'll be able to see it from there or with clemens as the case may be die hard he reminds me a lot of uh die-hard number two not the second movie the second in command klaus they it's kind of every time i see him i want to say shoot the glass of course the doors suck themselves in very nice stuff all right let's have them now of course you know over here there's a guy named marco he is a friend of owls who happens to be living over at alice now this is all very interesting
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so let me just pull over here and go through this for a minute uh marco thank god sami doing a video and thought wow i'm just gonna water all these shrubs while bill is standing there doing the video because that should make him extremely friggin uncomfortable anyway clemens this elegant german guy has lived here for many many many years not that long ago a couple years ago al a friend of mine that i spec miata race with finds this house for sale uh that one there wants a car collection
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so it's got this big garage in the back with mother-in-law quarters and stuff so he moves in he buy and i feel so bad for clements because again i mean even his dog is detailed i mean clement has a even his little dog is you know manicured and lovely and then al comes in like the beverly hillbillies you see he's got his miata there there's a mustang and primer uh there's a ford that they're turning from a long bed into a short bed uh you've got a uh you got this
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rt uh dakota with bad paint now uh a trampoline designed to kill and name children and of course uh the rv that i think marco is living in so he just empties the every morning boats and lights i remember the last guy who moved in uh you know clemens was upset because they had a volleyball court there and a basketball hoop so god only knows uh what he thinks of the only thing i will say is i did notice he recently put the house up for sale
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massage seat signed now let's go for a spin on this thing thanks again marco i appreciate that what the hell i wouldn't mind having someone living around watering my shrubs from time to time to do it all myself all right you can see it's getting dark that's why i prefer to do these videos in the morning oh god it's even hard in a 380 000 car you can could be easier i think everything would be easier and meander our way to the front uh you
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know typical mercedes this is obviously meant to be the sporty version and you can hear that they've allowed you to hear a residue of this v12 engine noise is it a v12 or a v8 i always forget i think it's a v12 with the twin turbos uh anyway they just let you hear a residue of it now how does this gate work but it does nothing i thought gates were automatic you just you see and there you go okay it is automatic i figured you just drive up to them and they open unless they're trying to keep you in
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tell you what if a german keeps you in their compound you better better be careful i don't see where the dimmer is yeah try turning those aluminum that's what we got on the radio safe and healthy for your commercials obviously we'll try that again in a minute let's go for a spin oh my god the way this drives wow okay i will say this you can instantly feel the difference between this car and an s-class i'll tell you
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that this thing's just gliding holy god it's like you had a team of swiss scientists re-engineer the ride on a 72 cadillac damn that's amazing okay so you know you've got this feel you've got all this juice under the hood you've got six thousand pounds of rowing momentum you've got manhole covers for brakes ready to put you through the windshield if you need to panic stop and uh it just feels weird that a car this big
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19 feet long heavy 6 000 pounds uh can be as agile as it is i mean all right let's see we're stuck here absolutely stuck it's like five o'clock traffic and we're behind that one looks like my old silverado but anyway that's one of the terrific feats of engineering that they did with this car is made it drive so exceptionally well now the problem with this car is that it just couldn't take it to rolls royce and bentley as done by bmw and volkswagen the whole maybach thing was a giant miscalculation
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on mercedes part they thought they would sell 2 000 of these things over the course of a few years they thought it would be successful they thought they had like 70 dealers none of that came to pass [Music] holy wow wow there was zero to 60 in about five seconds i'm not sure what the quarter-mile time is i don't know why we've got to get cops wonderful at least it works um that is pretty wild stuff i mean
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it is a rocket ship and i was saying that they let you hear the engine but they really don't that was almost like completely silent i could hear very little out of it [Music] not even really a residue that's amazing um yeah i mean you definitely get the feeling that you're driving something that's pretty special i can't say you don't uh i wish we had a curvy road to go on instead of just the straight line and um you know the estates area here but uh but anyway the feel from the wheel
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the feel from the pedal the feel from everything i gotta say it doesn't drive like any other car that i've driven uh this is my first maybach this is the first time i've driven a maybach and uh wow yeah yeah that is a completely different experience from hopping in an s-class you can feel it's heavier but at the same time you don't you don't feel it's cumbersome uh the steering feel is different um wow let me just give it a little kick
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down again yeah yeah that's pretty special holy cow neat stuff anyway i wish i could go out on the highway in this thing but i'm not going to because i had the hell with it um the hell with that it's like 10 miles away that's why you don't want to hear me talk all that amount of time let's see if i get my little cheat sheet out here okay forgive me for giving me that little pause uh so the test drive is gonna be as much as i hoped in terms of going around to some or curvy there's just not that much to
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find uh if you have an interest in this car i'm working with kb auto collection on this one you can find him on kb autoelection.com his name's clemens he's an incredibly nice guy if you have any interest in this car give him a call he was kind enough to provide it for the review do a little u-turn right here you can reach him at 239-250-3003 and that's two three nine two five oh three thousand
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three on the web at uh kb auto collection dot com uh you won't be sad you called him very nice guy and uh you know you can ask him what the hell he was thinking giving me the keys to this thing hopefully gives me the keys to that fisker and i'll have some fun with that thing but um there it is really appreciate you guys having a look i should have something fun for tomorrow i'm not sure what it is yet maybe uh lincoln mark 5 that i've been putting together i don't know we'll see otherwise we'll definitely try to get another one out before christmas
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uh thanks for having a look thanks for all your comments all your support it means more than you could know i really appreciate it keeps me going honestly the only fun i'm having in the car business is this stuff so we will see you with the next one take care you

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